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A collection of all the tech comm topics I find most timely or helpful, with a special emphasis on e-learning and m-learning
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Here's Why Microsoft's New Mobile Strategy Will Help It Overtake Apple In 3 Years

Here's Why Microsoft's New Mobile Strategy Will Help It Overtake Apple In 3 Years | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Most technology companies don’t often get the chance to regain a market category lead after being swept aside by not one but two technology giants.
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RJ Jacquez posted this article on his Facebook feed, and it's definitely interesting. I know both he and I have talked about the emergence of Surface, and how we weren't too impressed by it initially, but this article seems to support how Windows in mobile is better supported with the Windows phone OS versus the Surface OS/Windows 8.1 (although there are signs that things are getting on the right track). Definitely an interesting read. 

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This Drool-Worthy $99 Kit Lets Kids Build Their Own Computers | Wired Design | Wired.com

This Drool-Worthy $99 Kit Lets Kids Build Their Own Computers | Wired Design | Wired.com | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
A computer kit that's fun enough to hold kids’ attentions, but smart enough to actually teach them something.
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

This is a cool teaching concept for kids to learn more about computing--both from the hardware and software perspectives. The idea was to create something that could be fun like a toy, but a teachable object. 

 

If someone wants to get one of these for me for Christmas, it would make me happy! I wish we had stuff like this when I was a kid. I'd probably share this with my son, since the site talks about using this in conjunction with Minecraft, which is something my son LOVES.

 

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A bucket list for a career in tech comm? | I'd Rather Be Writing

A bucket list for a career in tech comm? | I'd Rather Be Writing | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
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Tom Johnson has written another gem on his blog. What's on my "bucket list" for the next year? Good question. I don't think many of us really think about the way Tom has portrayed it here.  I know some of my "bucket list" items for this year weren't done, but then again, I still gained some new but important experiences and skills that will help me in tech comm. I'm sure I'll set some new goals for the next year with new skill sets and such, but it's hard to say what specifically. Learn a new software app or package? Learn a new computer language (or at least how to read it)?  This is a great article to get one thinking about how to keep things moving in a career!

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9 Events of Instruction Infographic

9 Events of Instruction Infographic | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Robert Gagne’s Instruction Design Model; “The Nine Events of Instructions”. Check both the 9 Events of Instruction Infographic and the Gagne's PowerPoint Presentation.
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Thanks to Christopher Pappas for posting this on Google +. This is a great, clear infographic to explain Gagne's Nine Events of Instructions. Fairly straightforward stuff, wouldn't you say?

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Play-i |Delightful Robots for Children to Program

Play-i |Delightful Robots for Children to Program | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Reserve Bo & Yana! The robots that open a new world of play and learning for your child.
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I saw this as a suggestion on Facebook as something to follow. This is a lot better than some of the other suggestions I've gotten from it! This looks like a great learning tool. It can help little ones learn the basics of coding, and can be used straight through adulthood to learn coding. I'm tempted to get one for my family! I think my son would think it's too baby-ish, but I'd get it for me!  This looks like it could be a great geek toy. Too bad it's not being sent out until the summer! Looks like it will have to be for next Christmas instead. 

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Charles Schwab: Bill Gates Needs to Return to Microsoft

Charles Schwab: Bill Gates Needs to Return to Microsoft | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
A day after Steve Ballmer choked up at his final shareholder's meeting as Microsoft CEO, the questions began anew: Should Bill Gates return to lead the company?Gates has repeatedly said he's not
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I have to say, I agree with this article. Microsoft used to be the powerhouse software company, and now, it's just...not. There are good people working at Microsoft, mind you, but I think a few at the top (some of whom have left or asked to leave) mucked things up. Like Steve Jobs did with Apple, I think the original visionary needs to come back and straighten up the mess. Bill's had a chance to look at things from the outside as well as the inside, so I'm sure he can provide the insight to get the company back to its former glory. (And even though I'm a huge iPad and iPhone fan, I'm still a PC girl. Can't help it.)

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Coin

Coin | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Coin is a new device that can hold and be used like the cards you already carry.
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Have you seen this? Check out the video on this website. This definitely looks like interesting technology. I'm very tempted to be an early adopter for this. Heaven knows I carry too much myself, and I wouldn't mind finding a way to not carry so much information via so many cards. This really looks cool!

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What Men Can Do to Help Women Advance Their Careers

What Men Can Do to Help Women Advance Their Careers | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Shaking off the past means changing how we act.
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This was brought to my attention via Guy Kawasaki on LinkedIn. I don't think it matter what field you are in--this is important. Certain fields have made some decent strides, but it's not enough. The items outlines in this article are simple enough. They just have to be implemented. The majority of my IT career has been male-dominated, and that's not a bad thing. However, STEM positions are still fairly uncommon for women, so any little bit to help get more women involved--and it can be as easy as the steps outlined in this article--that can make the difference. 

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Guy Kawasaki's 10 Tips for Building a Social Media Following

Social media is great for content, but if no one follows your brand, you'll be talking to yourself. Learn how to build a large social media following with 10 ex
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I missed the webinar, but based on the slides alone, these include good advice! I try to follow all of these--or most of these--suggestions as often as I can. It's about the quality of the content, for sure, and hopefully I'm putting up something that's worthwhile to you!

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A History of Learning and Mobile Technology Infographic

A History of Learning and Mobile Technology Infographic | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Throughout history, the way people learn has evolved enormously, no more so than the advent of mobile technology over 40 years ago. ActiveLearn Go is leading
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This is a nice inforgraphic talking about the history of education leading into mobile education. Thanks to Christopher Pappas for posting this on Google+. 

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Behind the Autism-Friendly Minecraft Server, Autcraft | Blog | Autism Speaks

Behind the Autism-Friendly Minecraft Server, Autcraft | Blog | Autism Speaks | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
We recently wrote about Blogger, dad and gamer Stuart Duncan's Autcraft server.
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Having a son who is both on the spectrum and a Minecraft junkie, I will definitely need to check this out! A great way of using this educational game in a user-friendly, audience-specific way. 

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The Free eBook: How to become an eLearning Professional

The Free eBook: How to become an eLearning Professional | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
The free How to Become an eLearning Professional eBook is filled with the knowledge, wisdom, experience and inspiration of carefully selected eLearning professionals.

Via Mayra Aixa Villar
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This is a great inspirational book. I will have to follow more of these suggestions myself! It's cool to see e-learning friends and acquaintances in the book, as well as many of the top e-learning pros out there that I recognize. Well done, Christopher Pappas!
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So happy and honored to be included in this ebook! I am really grateful to Christopher Pappas for allowing me to tell my story.

Christopher Pappas's comment, November 15, 2013 2:57 PM
Thank you Mayra for your contribution! Our readers found it extremely valuable!
Mayra Aixa Villar's comment, November 17, 2013 5:33 PM
Thank you for allowing me share my thoughts, Christopher!
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Adobe Day @ Lavacon 2013 - Rich Media in Framemaker with Matt Sullivan

Adobe Day @ Lavacon 2013 - Rich Media in Framemaker with Matt Sullivan | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Matt Sullivan presented the last individual presentation for Adobe Day at Lavacon 2013, and it was a little different than what I had seen before. To me, it was like Portland's Crystal Spring Rhodo...
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Hyperland

Hyperland is a 50-minute long documentary film about hypertext and surrounding technologies. It was written by Douglas Adams and produced and directed by Max Whitby…
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This is so awesome! I came across this via one of my Doctor Who connections/groups on Google+. Of course, having Tom Baker (the actor who played the 4th Doctor) and Douglas Adams (most known as the author of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy") doesn't hurt! We talked a lot about hypertext theory when I was a tech comm grad student, and having a good understanding of this applies to all technical communicators--what is your content? How did your audience get to that content? How do we personalize it? Where could your audience be directed from your content? I wish I had known about this little documentary back in grad school! I think it would've been most helpful--and a fun way to learn the basics, even if the context is a little outdated since this was made in the early 1990s.  A good refresher for all technical communicators!  

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Power Blogging

Power Blogging | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Darin's note:  I have followed the moves of Neil Patel for some time now, as he arose from almost nothing to virtual stardom in marketing. I share his tips for gaining traffic, but I want to point...
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

While many are starting to ask me for blogging advice, I often find myself turning to Darin L. Hammond's ZipMinis blog for advice. This post by Darin is interesting because many of the pointers are things that I try to incorporate when writing my blog. The topics I cover on my blog are niche topics, so I don't expect the traffic proposed in this article--yet. Perhaps in time, and applying some more of these pointers, I'll be able to get those kinds of numbers.  But do read these over--they provide some great insight on the mechanics of writing a good blog and driving up interest. 

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Villegas Views: Be Thankful for Technical Communication

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Here's my latest post to the STC Notebook blog. 

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CC’s Next Generation Licenses — Welcome Version 4.0! - Creative Commons

CC’s Next Generation Licenses — Welcome Version 4.0! - Creative Commons | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Creative Commons licenses provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators. We proudly introduce our 4.0 licenses, now available for adoption worldwide.
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Thanks to Marc Schnau for posting this on Google+. This is important information for everyone--technical communicators, instructional designers, and web developers alike!

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The Content Strategy Terminology Problem | Content Rules, Inc.

The Content Strategy Terminology Problem | Content Rules, Inc. | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
In order for us to communicate effectively with each other, we need to have a shared terminology.
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I saw that Val Swisher had posted this on LinkedIn. Excellent article that affects all technical communicators, not just the content managers. One of the reasons that I try to stay involved in social media is so that I know what the latest "lingo" of the trade is, and terminology of responsibilities, requirements, and even job titles gets confusing. Case in point: my brother is an architect. What kind? The kind that draws and creates buildings--physical structures like office buildings, houses, and airports. Because "architect" is used so much in the IT world now, he's had to figure out how to change his job description because of "information architects" and the like. Not that IAs should change their titles, but the point is that as content changes, and the strategy and management of said content changes, terminology is going to change. Val talks about that in detail here very well, as she always does. 

 

Definitely read this article. 

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Meet Pencil: The Best iPad Stylus Yet, From the Makers of 'Paper' | Wired Design | Wired.com

Meet Pencil: The Best iPad Stylus Yet, From the Makers of 'Paper' | Wired Design | Wired.com | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
As Georg Petschnigg, one of FiftyThree's founders, puts it, a stylus gives you the chance to "think with your hands."
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This seems like a fairly cool little gadget. While there are plenty of stylus tools out there for iPad, this one is made for the Paper app, which is a fairly popular drawing app. I like how it has the ability to act almost like a real pencil in that you can write AND erase with it, and use it as if it were a real pencil. As it says at the bottom of the article, just image if it could be used in other apps eventually for note taking and such. Yes, good old fashioned paper and pen/pencil can do the trick too, but this is the next stage of making it more like a "real" experience as compared to the stylus tools we are currently used to using. I can see where this would be great for kids, albeit an expensive one, but at least there would be no mess when the artwork was done! It would also be a good tool for kids who need a little help with fine motor skills, since it's a slightly chunky tool, so there would be better grip while the kids could use the iPad. 

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Adobe Day @ Lavacon 2013 - Joe Gollner: The Changing Role of the Technical Communicator

Adobe Day @ Lavacon 2013 - Joe Gollner: The Changing Role of the Technical Communicator | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
As I'm going backwards in my Adobe Day reviews, the second presentation of the day was by Joe Gollner. Joe is another prolific speaker in the world of technical communications, but I really hadn't ...
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Adobe Day @Lavacon 2013 - Val Swisher Says It Starts With The Source

Adobe Day @Lavacon 2013 - Val Swisher Says It Starts With The Source | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Val Swisher was the next to last individual to speak at the Adobe Day at Lavacon 2013 event. For those who are regular readers of this blog, you know that my love for all things Val Swisher has no ...
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7 Reasons to Hire a Former Teacher for a Content Marketing Job

7 Reasons to Hire a Former Teacher for a Content Marketing Job | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Looking to fill out your organization's content marketing team? Make sure you're not overlooking a significant resource. Find out why a former teacher might be just the person for a content marketi...
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Does that image look like Cornell West, formerly of Princeton University? That aside, the author of this article makes an excellent point. As the daughter of a lifelong education professional as well as someone who has integrated herself in education in an unconventional way and has done some teaching herself, I know that many of these skills not only apply to teachers, but many social science and humanities majors out there. We all can't be computer developers who know how to write. We all can bring something to the table having multiple skillsets. 

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Evernote - the Ultimate Conference Tool

Evernote - the Ultimate Conference Tool | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
I love Evernote, the popular, cross-platform note-taking application. I use it on all my devices (desktop, Android phone, and iPad) for many reasons: A to-do list note for every day of the week. Sh...
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

My friend, Ed Marsh, has written a great article of the benefits of using the app, Evernote, for conference use. Considering I met Ed at two different tech comm conferences, I'll take his word for it! I haven't jumped on the Evernote bandwagon still, but between this recommendation and the one from my friend, Shay Shaked (see http://wp.me/p2hiSW-e6), it's making me think that I need to reconsider!  

 

Check out Ed's blog while you're at it. He's good tech comm people. ;-)

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Planning content for your blog

Planning content for your blog | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
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This is a great article by Scott Nesbitt, who posted about it on Google+. He's right in that good blogging is actually pre-planned and pre-organized ahead of time. I don't necessarily do the same steps as he does, but the principle is the same. If I have an idea and it's timeless versus timely, I'll start a draft in WordPress, add a title and a few key points that I want to highlights, and then I'll save the draft for another time. I have a stash of article ideas waiting to be written if I run out of ideas or if I need to figure out how to pace myself for a series of articles (as I'm doing now for my coverage of my Adobe Day/Lavacon visit).  Some great tips on how to start thinking as a serious blogger. 

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6 Elements Every Mobile Learning Game Should Have - eLearning Brothers

6 Elements Every Mobile Learning Game Should Have - eLearning Brothers | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
There are essential elements that every mobile learning game should have. Specifically, I found six that are a must when developing any learning game.
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These are some good but basic tips for mobile gamification. Good article. --techcommgeekmom
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